Nagaland governor trying to criminalize Naga political movement: NSCN(IM)

There is a war of words between NSCN(IM) and RN Ravi ever since he was appointed as the Governor of Nagaland. (file)

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN (IM) on Wednesday said that Nagaland Governor RN Ravi is trying his best to criminalize the Naga political movement by questioning the NSCN’s right to taxation.

On Tuesday, Nagaland Governor RN Ravi said that the Government of India does not recognize tax collection by any entity other than itself or the state government.

There is a war of words between NSCN(IM) and RN Ravi ever since he was appointed as the Governor of Nagaland. RN Ravi is the interlocutor between the Government of India and the NSCN.

“NSCN collected taxes to support the political movement of the Naga people, which began before India gained independence from the British in 1929. Opposing the Naga tax is nothing short of hindering the Naga political movement and enslavement of the Naga people by India,” said a statement by NSCN(IM).

According to the statement, the taxation was at the time of the Naga National Council (NNC) and is now under the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), which has taken over to lead the Naga political movement.

“NSCN is a genuine political group and people’s government with full commitment to find a respectable political solution and it should not be treated at par with other organizations which have different objectives which will not benefit the Nagas at the last moment but only For temporary benefit,” the statement read.

Without taking names, Mr Ravi said that a Naga armed organization engaged in the peace process has recently issued a statement, which was circulated in the media, that they have the right to collect “taxes” from the people and added that His right is also recognized by the representative of the Government of India who interacts with him.

“Such false statements are likely to create confusion among the people. Taxation is a sovereign function which can be exercised by the Government of India or the State Government,” said Mr. Ravi in ​​a release.

“As per the framework agreement, the Nagas are the owners of their land both below and above. So, why should India interfere in the internal matter of the sovereign Naga people?”

The NSCN (IM) said on Wednesday, “The Indian government opposing taxation by the NSCN immediately violates the FA, in which the two entities have agreed to coexist peacefully, as the two separate entities share sovereign power. “

The statement further said, “Furthermore, taxation is a legitimate right of every government of a nation-state. The Nagas declared their independence status as a sovereign nation a day before India and still exercised their sovereign right.” Defended. The Naga nation does not require permission from the Government of India for taxation. The point remains loud and clear that the Nagas never became Indians by conquest or consent. Thus, for the Governor of the State of Nagaland on taxation in this It is too far-fetched to issue such derogatory statements.”

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